Well actually it’s more like Tucker Fortnight! Around the end of January and early February, we traditionally do a few things to showcase the ship, raise some funds for our youth voyages and generally try and have a bit of fun.
This year we have a few events lined up with hopefully something suitable for all ages:
- Saturday 26 Jan 13: Kiddies Pirate Sailing 4-6 pm $25 per head, includes lemonade or ginger beer
- Sunday 27 Jan 13 : Movie on the Sails – Russell 8.00 pm Open ship and sausage sizzle, Movie showing at 9.00.
- Monday 28 Jan 13: Uke on the Tuck - join Russell Ukulele orchestra as they play on board our good ship
- Saturday 2nd Feb 13: Hellhole Sailing 4-6 pm $35 per head, come in period costume and have some fun
- Sunday 3 Feb 13: Movie on the Sails - Opua 8.00 pm Open ship and sausage sizzle, Movie showing at 9.00
- Tuesday 5 Feb 13: Open Ship – Paihia Come on board and look around, grab a harness and climb the rigging
- Wednesday 6 Feb 13:Waitangi Day stand – See Tiny Tuck and say hello!
We hope you will come on down and support us.Read More
We had a special family reunion on board today! Tucker Thompson’s two daughters Kelly and Karuna, along with Karuna’s husband and children, came sailing with us. It’s been over 12 years since they stepped on board the ship that bears their father’s name and they were impressed with the amount of work that’s been done over the past 5 years or so to keep the ship in good condition.
Sadly Tod wasn’t on board today but we all remarked on the family likeness. And although Tod wasn’t there we did have Riley Harris, Russell Harris’s son on board. A Tucker whanau reunion!!
Unfortunately the weather didn’t play ball and it was rather damp for the best part of the day, although the sun put in an appearance towards the end fortunately.Read More
Yesterday we were given an amazing gift, a true taonga or treasure!
Norm and Donna Lewis are regular visitors to the Bay and friends of the ship who often sail with us. Donna’s Dad grew up here in the Bay, sailing down the Kawakawa River, before he headed off to Auckland but his family still live here. As a child, she regularly visited and although she and Norm live in Queensland, she hopes one day to return here to live. Norm is a scrimshaw carver, very talented and seems quite at home here too! He has been supplying Captain Uncle Steve with beautiful scrimshaw necklaces with a picture of the ship carved on recycled ivory piano keys, as well as sperm whale teeth from whales that have died from natural causes.
They have presented us with an amazing sperm whale tooth that Norm has specially carved for us and mounted on Australian hardwood timber. It is ours to auction, present to someone special or leave on board. We’ve yet to decide.
In the meantime, they are also supplying us with scrimshaw necklaces for sale on board so if you want to buy one, check out our merchandise page. They are all individually carved, each one is unique and they are very special.Read More
The 2011-2012 Annual Report from the R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust can be downloaded hereRead More
Come Sailing on a Square Rig!
Join Northland’s own tall ship on her visit to the Whangarei Harbour
Whangarei 16-24 October 2012
A number of opportunities to join the R. Tucker Thompson on one of our Harbour sailings!
“Coffee Run” – 9.30-11.30am Friday 19 October 2012 @ $20 *** FULL ***
“Sunday Sail” 1-3pm 21 October 2012 @ $20 ** * FULL ***
“2 Hour Charters” – 4-6pm – min 30x pax –$20
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Michael Wallace Simm
Mike is a professional company director and was executive director of Fullers Bay of Islands from 1984 to 2001 and a director for the NZ Tourism Board from 1997 to 2000. He is deputy chair of the Top Energy Group, Chairman of Brightwater Engineering and chairman of several other private companies. Mike was previously a chair of Enterprise Northland, Destination Northland and is involved with a number of initiatives to targeting lifting the performance of the Northland region.Read More
Dates have been confirmed for the Tucker to visit Whangarei in October. Between Tuesday 16th October to Wednesday 24th October. The ship will be available for 2-hour school trips as well as Late Afternoon charters for businesses.
During the week in Whangarei, the ship will be available for sailings as follows:
Times: 0930 – 1145 and 1230 – 1445 daily
Cost: $20 per head regardless of age
Departure: Onerahi Wharf
Minimum numbers: 20, Maximum: 47
Michael Walter Daniel (Chair) Mike W Daniel B.Com.Ec was appointed to the Board in June 2009 and invited to be Chair. A former stockbroker and merchant banker he has held Directorships with the following organisations: GSB Supply Corp Ltd, Force Corporation Ltd, Northland Health Ltd, Northpower Limited, SKYCITY Leisure Limited, Elders Norstock Limited (Chairman) and Northland Port Corporation Limited (Chairman) He is presently a Director of Airwork NZ Limited and Pan Pacific Petroleum NZ Limited. He also a keen surfer and enjoys golf.Read More